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Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School

Grades: 6-12
Noteworthy
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens NY 11413
Phone: 718-949-8405
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of writing in all subjects and solid academics

The Downside

Shared building means a lot traffic in the hallways; school's small size means fewer electives

At Preparatory Academy for Writers (PAW), a small school serving grades 6-12, kids keep journals and have lively discussions in class. The middle school has excellent attendance and above-average test scores. By 8th grade students are tackling high school work and taking Regents exams.

The vibe throughout the school is friendly and calm. We were particularly impressed by how relaxed and focused 6th-graders were in classes immediately after their lunchtime.

Instead of simply lecturing from the front of the room, teachers encourage students to work on their own and in small groups. In a math class, some students may be solving problems at their desk, while another group is writing in their journal about the questions they have, and observations made, while still another group works with the teacher. In English classes, many lessons follow a similar pattern of reading, taking notes and discussing with peers and the entire class.

Students in all grades write a lot and compile portfolios of their best work as well as academic goals they set for themselves. At the end of each semester, students give oral presentations, discussing their work and reflecting on how well they met their goals.

To help with students transition to middle school, 6th-graders have the same teacher for both English and social studies in a double-period class called humanities. Students study algebra for two years starting in the 7th grade; by the end of 8th grade they take Regents exams in algebra, earth science and United States history.

About one-third of the student body leaves for high school, with a few going to super-selective schools like Townsend Harris. Those who stay are joined by new 9th-graders, some of whom have weak skills. The school offers them a lot of support.

Stronger students take a range of Advanced Placement classes. Struggling students take fewer classes that run at least for a double period. For instance, students needing extra help don't take a science class freshman year so they can devote more time to English, math and history; in 10th grade they take a double period of Living Environment. The attendance rate in high school is lower than the middle school. While some students take a demanding college-prep curriculum, the majority of graduates need to take remedial classes in CUNY.

All students participate in small group advisory classes, where they focus on both academic and social-emotional skills. Incoming 6th- and 9th-graders participate in a summer bridge program, a mix of fun, team-building activities and academic assessments, so teachers know their strengths and weakness at the start of the school year.

Housed on the first floor of the large, 1960s-era Springfield Gardens Educational Campus, PAW shares the building with three small high schools:Excelsior Preparatory High School High School, George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences and Queens Preparatory Academy. Students get big school perks such as a variety of sports teams and larger facilities. The downside is that first floor gets a lot of traffic as students from other schools come and go throughout the day to use the cafeteria and gymnasiumboth located on the first floor.

Though PAW was one of several schools founded with support from College Board, the organization ended its affiliation with individual schools in 2013.

There are a few elective classes such as photography. The Child Center of New York sponsors onsite after-school activities for the middle school including arts and sports. High schools students participate in campus-wide sports teams

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are SETSS and ICT classes

ADMISSIONS: For middle school, priority to District 29 residents who attend and information session. For high school, priority to continuing 8th-graders and then to New York City residents who attend an information session. (Laura Zingmond, February 2017)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
64%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
73%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
60%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
56%
46% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Geometry, Living Environment, US History

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
73%
48% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
89%
86% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
62%
59% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
58%
47% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
72%
76% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
26%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
578
Asian
3%
Black
90%
Hispanic
6%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
3%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
86%
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
33% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
58%
73% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
12% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12%
15% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Preparatory Academy for Writers for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Preparatory Academy for Writers for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description:

Guaranteed offer to continuing 8th grade students

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Statistics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q3, Q77, Q85

Contact

Principal
Charles Anderson

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes

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